WVU Notebook: Gold-Blue Spring Game

The following is a collection of notes and quotes from around Milan Puskar Stadium after West Virginia's annual Gold-Blue spring football game, held Saturday afternoon, which was won by the Gold squad 35-7:

  • The crowd in attendance was not not quite as large as last year's, but still a sizeable contingent of Mountaineer backers made the trek to the stadium.

    The lower deck on the press box side of Milan Puskar Stadium was nearly full, and a smattering of people were present in the top deck on the same side.

    While no official attendance figure had been released yet, this reporter would estimate the crowd at somewhere around 15,000 fans strong.

    As per usual, the entirety of the proceeds from ticket sales for the game will go to the WVU Children's Hospital. Head coach Bill Stewart said he has been pleased to continue that tradition, which began in 1980 when Don Nehlen arrived in Morgantown.

  • While quarterback Jarrett Brown had an impressive game, completing 21-of-28 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns, Stewart said the senior will have to protect the ball better in the fall.

    Brown found success improvising at times against the Blue defense and got away with some throws that may have been possible turnovers against higher-caliber opposition.

    "He wants to make every play, but you have to learn when to retreat," Stewart said. "You have to protect the football. You don't have to be perfect, but sometimes youngsters think they have to make every play.

    "He's not dangerous. He's not reckless. He's just eager, and he has to be careful."

    At the end of four weeks of spring practice without former quarterback Pat White in front of him, Brown officially is the leader of this year's West Virginia team, Stewart said.

    "This is Jarrett Brown's team," Stewart said. "He is special. All he has ever done is win, and he is a phenomenal young man. I hope he will be blessed by the football gods and have a banner senior year. He deserves it."

  • Speaking of White, the soon-to-be-NFL quarterback and former WVU signal-caller was among a collection of recent players in attendance Saturday.

    Also spotted on the sidelines of Mountaineer Field were departed wide receivers Dorrell Jalloh and Tito Gonzales. Among those from the less recent past in attendance were former quarterback Major Harris, defensive back Angel Estrada, safety Brian King, guard Terry Dixon, and defensive back Lew Daniels.

  • With the notable exception of Jordan Roberts' 65-yard touchdown run, the Gold defense was as dominant as expected in shutting down the offensive reserves.

    The Blue offense managed only 61 total yards on its 24 other plays and drove no farther than the Gold 37-yard line in the entire game.

    Linebacker Pat Lazear had three unassisted tackles and three more assisted ones, a sack of Coley White and a total of 2.5 tackles for loss.

    His was perhaps the most outstanding statistical defensive performance on a day that saw the No. 1 defense play at a level that satisfied Stewart.

    "I really like the way Pat Lazear and Zac Cooper just bring it," the head coach said. "Chris Neild and Scooter Berry were just creating havoc. Reed Williams was just flying everywhere downhill."

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